MediaKind launches CE1, a next-gen media contribution encoder

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MediaKind has announced the release of the CE1, a media contribution encoder based on cloud-ready software, coupled with hardware acceleration. According to the company, it enables “exceptional time-to-market for new video offerings while facilitating highly immersive and compelling experiences”.

The CE1 delivers low latency, HEVC, or MPEG-4 AVC encoding of HD and UHD video content for premium live events. It provides a platform to support high quality, 4:2:2 10-bit content contribution into the cloud. It also accommodates the latest industry standards, including SMPTE ST 2110, Secure Reliable Transport (SRT), and BISS-CA, strengthening MediaKind’s Cygnus Contribution solution with enhanced IP interoperability and security over managed and unmanaged networks.

Combined with MediaKind’s multi-codec and multi-service professional decoder, the RX1, the CE1 enables an end-to-end media contribution workflow that is “more resilient and future-ready than existing professional media contribution processing and delivery solutions”. The enhanced solution provides an immediate response to anticipated changes in professional media contribution, enabling broadcasters, operators, and service providers to transition to all-IP and the cloud, and to integrate existing and future codecs & standards. The CE1 is available as a cloud-native deployment model and can integrate with public cloud providers to enable broadcast quality contribution to the cloud. CE1 software is also available within a hardware platform, giving broadcasters the option to run their services on-premise.

Raul Aldrey, Chief Product Officer, MediaKind, said: “The launch of our flexible, software-based CE1 encoding platform provides secure, high-quality professional content contribution. In conjunction with MediaKind’s RX1 platform, CE1 delivers an industry-beating, highly resilient, cloud-ready, secure video contribution workflow, which enables the delivery of next-generation media experiences today and in the future. All broadcasters and content owners can invest with confidence, safe in the knowledge they will always remain current in a world of shifting media contribution technologies and infrastructure.”

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